The Broncos held another afternoon practice as they chomp at the bit to get this first round playoff series underway with the Regina Pats.
Broncos rookie of the year Cody Eakin is anxious to drop the puck on the opening round.
"Can't wait.... can't wait, we want to get back at them for last year. We have something to prove to them so hopefully we can come out of the weekend with both wins."
All this from a player who was a spectator in last year's playoffs as a 15 year-old call-up.
Everett Silvertips Head Coach Kevin Constantine once dropped a quote that I haven't forgotten.
"You tend to always focus on your team's weaknesses while only seeing the other team's greatness."
With that said, when the Broncos were all on-stage at the awards banquet and I looked up and down the row of 24 players, the veterans, the young talent, the swagger... I thought to myself, "boy this is a talented group".
The Broncos will leave tomorrow night after supper for the Queen City before checking into the hotel. I know Trina will look after us when we arrive to Regina's east side. We're looking forward to hunkering down in Bronco camp and get this playoff series underway.
My colorman Ryan Switzer will be making the trip and will join me for both playoff broadcasts from the Brandt Center.
Broncos Head Coach and General Manager Dean Chynoweth will host the annual General Manager's Luncheon today from the Credit Union I-plex Auditorium.
He will address the crowd in attendance and take some questions following the lunch. Tickets are still available by calling the Broncos office this morning 773 - 1509.
More quotes from the Broncos awards banquet Monday night.
Zack Smith on being named the Broncos MVP...
"It's been a long trip with the Broncos to get where I'm at now. I just stuck with it and got the opportunity that the coaching staff... especially Dean has given me. I guess I owe it all to them with where I'm at. That hard work seems to be paying off."
"That's huge for me. I like to play for the fans, I like to go out and play a physical game. I didn't have to fight as much this year as last year, I think I've
Bretton Stamler on capturing the Leadership and Maturity Award...
"I think it symbolizes that I've grown a lot as a player since I've come into this league. I didn't really know anything, pretty immature both mentally and in my play. I've come a long ways on the ice but as also as a person.